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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

OnMilwaukee: Who is Montaous Walton?

It started off simply enough. received an innocuous email from Montaous Walton, asking us to do a feature on his feel-good story about making it out of Milwaukee and signing with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

A perfunctory Google search revealed a real buzz about the 23-year-old undrafted free agent, a second base prospect who reportedly posted a world class 6.3-second, 60-yard dash.

An investigation has revealed that someone named Montaous Walton does, indeed, exist. But that person has proven to be nothing more a name on a phone record, a voice on the other end of the line.

Montaous Walton, the baseball player, is fictional.

That won’t stop the Royals from signing him.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, draft, fraud, scam, sports agencies

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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: June 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4150243)
Goodnight Jim Bob. Goodnight Mary Ellen. Goodnight Johnboy. Goodnight...Montaous?
   2. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM (#4150269)
That's a terrible joke! Terrible! Horrrrrrrible!

/Bill Walton
   3. The_Ex Posted: June 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4150379)
There was a similar story on this character either last year or two years ago. It should be long deceased by now.
   4. MM1f Posted: June 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM (#4150387)
More recent follow up:
   5. The District Attorney Posted: June 06, 2012 at 10:34 PM (#4150394)
"hello my name is Montaous Walton a top college player from WI, i am looking for some place to compete after i am finish with my college career, i am an outfielder, with a career high 31 stolen bases, 17 RBi's with a consistent batting average of .323, i also rank 2nd in the stolen base category, i can be reached at thank you."

It all began with that, a message board post on Nov., 12, 2007 at 7:19 p.m. in the international baseball forum of
Hey, Ty Cobb also wrote a bunch of letters like this when he was trying to get a shot.

Then again, Ty Cobb probably should have been arrested...

There was a similar story on this character either last year or two years ago. It should be long deceased by now.
The article explains that:
Walton the baseball player re-invented himself over the last 19 months, as the revealing news stories were quickly relegated to search engine purgatory, steamrolled by the downhill momentum of message board posts and story comments about Walton's signing with the Blue Jays in early 2011.

"There were a couple of other stories on him online, so we had no reason to think something was funny," said Courier editor Lynda Jones.
Modern journalism, folks.

According to former TSGB employee and current owner of Red Eye Sports Management Colin Cummins, Walton approached TSBG as it was trying to build a baseball clientele to add to its football, basketball and entertainment rosters.

Walton claimed to be a professional baseball player already signed to the Blue Jays organization. Cursory Google searches confirmed this, as Walton's name was mentioned widely in Blue Jays prospect discussions.
Modern sports agenting, folks.
   6. Delino DeShields & Yarnell Posted: June 07, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4150588)
Apropos of nothing (though we still are suffering Recall hangover here in WI) this guy was my favorite vote getter in the 2003 California gov recall election

Nathan Whitecloud Walton (Ind) 1,525 - 0 percent

Son of Bill. Terrrible indeed.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2012 at 11:16 AM (#4150678)
Even if he was a real player, would a 23 year old undrafted player with blazing speed be much of a prospect? There must be more than a few of those in the indy leagues. Its amazing he got anyone to even think he was worth anything even if they assumed his story.

I posted this story because they mentioned it on the Slate Hang Up and Listen Podcast, because apparently Walton contacted a Slate writer. The writer contacted a coach Walton referenced and the coach said that yes, Walton had tried out, but couldn't even finish the running exercises, and it was pretty clear the kid had not had a lot of baseball experience. Amazing.
   8. base ball chick Posted: June 07, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4150761)
more proof that these days, it is not only reporters who can't be bothered to like actually check on stories - just google and check the twitter
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4151473)
Slate article on Montaous Walton. He has been arrested for fraud.

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